The Mercedes force of nature on the path to F1
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The Mercedes force of nature on the path to F1

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With two thirds of the 2018 Formula 2 season completed, two British drivers head the standings. Both are backed by Formula 1 squads and could be on the grand prix grid next year - but one has emerged as the clear title favourite

At the start of the 2018 season, and then for most of the first half, Lando Norris was the Formula 2 driver with the momentum pointing to a Formula 1 graduation in '19.

Leading the championship for the majority of that period, tapped up by three F1 teams hoping to get him out of his McLaren contract, and possessing what felt like an unwavering level of bandwagonism - that combination felt like it would catapult the 18-year-old Carlin racer straight into grand prix racing next year.

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